Category: Health and Medicine

‘I don’t feel high … I feel better’: 98-year-old tries pot, then cuts back on morphine

Brunn will soon have company. The nursing home in New York City where she lives, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, is taking the unusual step of helping its residents use medical marijuana under a new program to treat various illnesses with an alternative to prescription drugs. While the staff will not store or administer pot, residents are allowed to buy it from a dispensary, keep it in locked boxes in their rooms and take it on their own.

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The Lancet: Staggering lack of quality research about the use of medicinal cannabinoids to treat mental health disorders, experts say.

Cannabinoids, which include any chemical derived from the Cannabis plant that exerts drug-like effects in the body, “are often advocated as a treatment for various mental health conditions,” according to the new analysis, published today (Oct. 28) in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry. Despite the hype, little evidence supports the notion that medicinal cannabinoids treat mental health disorders more effectively than placebo pills — treatments designed to do nothing, study co-author Louisa Degenhardt, a professor of epidemiology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, said in a statement. 

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The Science Behind The Munchies

As it turns out, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the high-inducing compound in weed) and other cannabinoids in marijuana act on the same receptors as the endocannabinoids our body makes, so the fact that weed can give you the munchies makes a lot of sense.

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